'Jai ho' Rahman!

Memorable evening

'Jai ho' Rahman!

grand : Singers performing during the concert.

But the spectacle at the A R Rahman concert at Palace Grounds was a different story altogether. The concert was thronged by fans of every age, waiting to see the music maestro in action. The long walk to the concert area only increased the anticipation of the fans who could hear the sound of some of his famous songs. The area was buzzing with chai wallahs, snack sellers and many others and it looked almost like a fair.

Rahman began the concert with the soulful Yeh jo des from Swades. This was followed by the popular Jaane tu mera kya tha from the smash hit Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. The stage was lit up with flashes of fire as dancers performed acrobatic stunts. What came next was a surprise for many. A 3D vision of Lata Mangeshkar singing the melodious Luka Chupi was not something anyone expected.

Rahman joined the duet making it one of the most memorable performances of the evening. Thousands of fans screamed in joy as they saw their favourite musician in action. “We are singing in different languages today and thank you for showing equal love for all of them,” said Rahman to the audience. 

 Rahman again came on to stage sitting next to a piano and performed a unreleased song called Tu hain subah. Continuing on he sang Rehna tu from ‘Delhi 6’ and asked the crowd to join him in singing. Soon after this, the stage area was filled with dancers performing a sequence from the movie Taal as one of the singers took the centre stage and sang Ishq Bina. Percussionist Sivamani was seen performing on the drums during the song.

A surprise package for the crowd was the jugalbandi session between Ann Marie, a violinist from Los Angeles, and the singers. Another memorable performance was that of the song Chik puk raile from the movie ‘Gentleman’ which was nothing short of a rock show. Sivamani came on stage playing everything from drums to a plate with spoons. Jai Ho was next in line and everyone sang along with Rahman.

Rahman gave an emotional touch to the songs Arziyan from ‘Delhi 6’ and Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar which he sang alone playing a harmonium.
Remo Fernandes’ performance of Mukkala mukkabala, complete with the Western outfits and dance moves, had everyone screaming. The stage was illuminated with mind-boggling 3D light effects which changed the background after every song.

Rahman was accompanied on stage by a host of new singers who enthralled the audience with some of Rahman’s popular songs like Muskura from Yuvraj, Khuda Hafiz from Yuva, Kahin to from Jaane tu....

The show had something for all Rahman fans –  the soulful songs and the peppy numbers – that Rahman has composed till now for the Indian cinema.

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